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Spring time detox for the body

Speaker 1 – Welcome back. Alright spring could be a great time to start practising healthier lifestyle habits. And today Dr. Erica Steele from holistic family practice in Virginia Beach is here to discuss one of the latest health fads known as detoxification. We’ve talked a lot about it here on coastline, Dr. Siegel, welcome back to the show. It’s great to see you today.

Speaker 2 – Thank you so much for having me again.

Speaker 1 – Let’s talk about this detoxification. What is it for folks who don’t know and why should people look into it?

Speaker 2 – Yeah, so detoxification is the process of ridding your body of environmental toxins. We have metabolic in products with our waste products from just our metabolism, but then we also are detoxifying from all the different chemicals that are in our environment.

Speaker 1 – Alright, so what sort of symptoms might somebody be experiencing if detoxing is going to be in their best interest?

Speaker 2 – So excessive sweating body odour is one of those things bad breath, fatigue, brain, fog, gassing, bloating, constipation. Those are all typical symptoms that somebody really needs to detoxify their organs.

Speaker 1 – I’ve got a I’ve got quite a few of those on the list here. All right, so let’s say that somebody not any particular daytime talk show host in particular, has some of these symptoms, why would detox be the best option to help them?

Speaker 2 – Well, detoxification number one, especially in spring, it’s a great transition, because we tend to eat heavier in the winter. And then we transition to eating lighter in the spring where it was, excuse me, Summer, were more active and that kind of thing. So detoxification can be a really healthy tool for overall Oregon health and function, as well as hygiene. We’re taught, you know, to brush your teeth, we’re taught to take a shower, those sorts of things. But we’re not necessarily taught to detoxify our organs and how to detoxify our organs.

Speaker 1 – A lot of that is is detoxifying your diet, right, like eating pure foods, is that right?

Speaker 2 – Yeah, a lot of times I tend to advise patients, if they’re going to do it themselves without a health care professional is to start just with their food, right? So we tend to know what we’re eating and what we’re not eating. That’s healthy, right? We tend to know if we’re eating junk, we’re eating processed foods, those sorts of things. So eliminating those but there’s also some really popular food based detoxes such as like the Daniel fast or the whole 30 which remove all of the pro inflammatory foods that are in the in the in the diet, and then we detoxify our bodies naturally, just by removing those things out of the diet.

Speaker 1 – And you’ve talked a lot about this on our show, in your segment, the holistic wellness men and we had just one yesterday about crafting better metabolism and your body. Alright, so once we take care of our diet, what’s next for somebody looking to detox?

Speaker 2 – So once you look at your diet, then that’s when we use herbs or we’ll use homoeopathy. A lot of times I’ll look at labs to be able to determine that a funny story. The first time I ever detoxified somebody I was like, I was like, you know, brand new naturopath. I was like, You know what, I’m just gonna go do it, wing it. And the patient actually got really sick. And she called me up as like, oh my gosh, what did I do? I ran labs and looked in her adrenals which are stress glands. She was a busy real estate agent. And they were just exhausted electrolytes were just in the toilet. And so when I learned then was this, I’m never going to detoxify somebody without looking at their labs, because there’s so many things that you really just don’t know, she was, you know, super busy, high energy, but then your body needs extra energy in order to detoxify. So I always look at labs. So of course I can review somebody’s labs for them. We also have a 21 day detox programme, and we have some webinars coming up as well to really educate you more, because that’s really important, especially if you have a diagnosis or you’re on medications or things like that.

Speaker 1 – Yeah, speaking of your webinars, you’re going into more detail about detoxification one coming up soon. How can we watch it?

Speaker 2 – Yeah, so we have it. It’s an online webinar. You can text our office, they’ll give you a link links on our website, on our socials, etc. And so you’ll be able to tune in then and it’s an hour long and I’ll educate you from beginning to end. I always love to educate people about how they can live naturally.

Speaker 1 – Dr. Erica Steele, you always teach me so much I legitimately learn so much every time I talk to you. Thank you so much for coming on the show. I can’t wait to talk to you next time.

Speaker 2 – Awesome. Sounds good. Have a great day. You too.

Conversation with Senator Amanda Chase on Medical Freedom

Erica Steele: Thank you so much for coming by and stopping by for such an important topic of medical freedom. So tell me about what you’re doing and what’s going on with medical freedom in the state of Virginia.

Senator Amanda Chase: Absolutely, and I first of wanna thank you, Dr. Steel, for all you are doing. Regarding medical freedom and giving people options and alternatives. because so many people are coming to dead ends and they need solutions, holistic solutions and natural solutions. So one of the things that I’ve been advocating for, really prior to my being in the legislature, is medical freedom. For children and vaccines is one of the things that we naturally look at as parents.

Yeah. Whenever we’re looking at getting childhood, Vaccinations. And I think that’s when every parent starts doing their research on their homework. And I learned everything about the Mylene she and how certain preservatives can actually destroy the mylene sheep. . And so as a parent now my kids are all grown.

This is over 20 years ago. Yeah. When my kids were little. I did a lot of research on even the childhood vaccines. And our family made some decisions early. Regarding childhood vaccines. Yeah. Now we hit the covid years and what happens across the country, across the world actually and other countries, they have quick access to iin, drugs of chloroquine.

But what happens in the United States, it gets shut down. And so I have not only advocated for medical freedom to known homeopathics, in. We have legalized marijuana. Yes. And the last year, and we have mandated a unsafe, unproven vaccine. That’s been around for less than two years. Yes.

Senator Amanda Chase: And yet we are denying patients together with their doctors. Yes. Ivermectin and hydroxychloroquine. So I’ve introduced legislation. This’ll be my third year in a row, actually. Yeah. I know you’ve been out there doing it from the very beginning when it was not popular to talk about. Yes. About alternatives to this vaccine? Yes, I’ve been out there on the front lines from the beginning. I think a lot of that. Was from all the research I’ve done when my kids were younger. Yes. And I think it’s

Dr. Erica Steele: really important that patients have a choice, right? We spend a long time in school learning all things about science, and then being able to practically apply those. And so when we’re in the exam room with patients, we’re able to address their concerns. Were able to look at their health and physical, were able to inform them. Our basis of care is based off of informed consent. So it’s our obligation morally and ethically as providers to educate the patients about what the risks and potential benefits are from any treatment, and then be objective and allow the families to make decisions. And that’s really what this is about. Whether you. Are for or against whether you choose or not choose, it’s a matter of being able to have that choice. And I think that’s incredibly important for everybody in Virginia to have that choice. To be able to say, you know what? This works for me, or This doesn’t work for me.

Because I have patients that choose to vaccinate. I have patients that don’t, it’s not my job as a provider to make that choice. It’s my job to educate them about

Senator Amanda Chase: the risk and benefits. One of. Obstacles that we’ve had in the state of Virginia is the former commissioner, Norma Oliver, sent out a letter which was very aggressive, aggressive is a great word for it in nature to the healthcare community saying, do not prescribe ivermectin and hydroxychloroquine.

If you do, you could potentially lose your license. It was, Showing effect on medical freedom. And so I’ve worked over the past year talking to Commissioner Collin Green, unfortunately, with very little headway. . And that’s very frustrating because under a new administration, I know Governor Yin has said publicly that he supports medical freedom, but medical freedom should expend extend to beyond just our children.

Yes. It should extend to adults. We should never have a private. Yes. To mandate a hundred percent that to keep your job, that you should get a job. Yeah. That’s untested, unproven, and still under. Emergency order and a lot of scrutiny.

Dr. Erica Steele: There’s a, we don’t see it necessarily here in America, but we, I’ve seen in the parliament lots of video testimonials about Pfizer and nothing against, again, if people want to choose this option because they feel like, you know what, I’ve weighed out the benefits versus risk.

I’m gonna take this risk. I’m going to choose this because I. XYZ condition, right? Then that’s up to them. But to again, bring, your human resources into the exam room, to bring your legislator

Senator Amanda Chase: into the exam room, to bring all these entities

Dr. Erica Steele: in the exam room between that very sacred relationship of doctor patient, right?

That’s the real issue. What’s the point of us going to school? What’sthe point of us having all of the information to advise patients if ultimately we’ve got all of these bedfellows that aren’t trained medically, that don’t understand risk versus benefit? And sadly, a lot of times don’t care about the individual that they.

Serve. So I’m so grateful that you care. Absolutely. And I know, I mean I’ve sat in general assemblies where I’m cringing. I’m like, oh no. I mean ruining but cringing at the same time. And so I really thank you for putting your neck out there, for being that voice of reason for educating and really standing up for our families.

Cuz I know here at Holistic Family Practice we are just passionate about. That all families have medical freedom and I know a lot of patients come to our practice because of that. So having a legislator up there, fighting for them I think is gonna be so important. So tell us about what you have coming up with the next session.

Senator Amanda Chase: So we have general assembly session that begins. January the 11th. Wow. And we have until the end of February to introduce, present and pass any legislation that would get passed. So two months, 30 days. Yeah. Not a lot. It’s gonna be very short session. Yes. Because we run for reelection the following year.

And I would say this in the Senate, most of this good legislation fails because of the makeup of the senate. 21 Democrats. We have 19 Republicans. . And so most of this legislation that we introduce, we do it anyway because we want to educate people. One time we’re presenting a bill. You’re educating the legislators, you’re educating the listener. , and you make progress that way. So even if I know the number, the makeup of the Senate doesn’t look good for me. If it’s a bit important, but like I feel medical freedom is. Yeah. Then I still present the bill. Which brings me to my second point.

when I run for reelection, I have two primary opponents. , the establishment. Everybody understands in holistic medicine. Yes. You’ve always got the establishment. Yes. That comes against you, like a vengeance. Oh yeah. . They’re doing that with me and I’ve got a former state senator. Wow. Who has entered the race after redistricting.

I’m the incumbent , but I have two other opponents who have entered the race as well. And the establishment, the lobbyists, the packs they’re getting behind him. . So I will, I have to rely on the people. I don’t take money from lobbyist impacts. , I represent the people.

And so I have to rely on the people. To fund my campaign to send me back. And we have a campaign right now that 5,000 people would donate a hundred dollars a piece. , I have all the money I need, and here’s a clincher. And 60 days to raise that money. Wow. Yeah. January 11th when I go into session.

Yeah. Can’t raise money until I come out Wow. In late February. A little bit of a crunch, a little bit of a deadline. Exactly. We are trying to get the word out to people that Yes, we can’t sit on the sidelines anymore. No, you can’t. Maybe you can’t be on the front lines like I am right now, but you can fund and support me.

Definitely. And you know that I’m gonna fight that. I’m not gonna back down because I. Been in the Senate for almost eight years now. Yes, I’ve always been for medical freedom. Always. Yes. From the beginning even. My early days as a mom of four young children. And we have to do everything we can to protect medical freedom.

And I’m the only one in the Senate that I know of.

Dr. Erica Steele: Yes, you are. That is introducing this type of legislation. A hundred percent. I remember at the advance, I’m going around and talking to people and, legislators, it’s glaze. Look what, huh. And so you have been a huge champion for medical freedom.

Again, as long as I’ve. Dealing in politics, although it’s not my . Me either. I know exactly. But we really do wanna get behind you and support you. I know. I will personally make a donation because medical freedom is so important to me personally and also to my practice. And so Absolutely. That’s also why I agree to sit down with you and talk because we really wanna support you in your efforts of medical freedom.

It’s so important. Do you have anything else that you’d like to share?

Senator Amanda Chase: My website people can visit is and they can make a donation online. Again, it’s Very original.

Dr. Erica Steele: Yes. I love it. I love it. And it makes total sense, right? We’re really, we’re not just chasing you, obviously.

We’re chasing freedom, medical freedom, and especially over the last couple years we have seen this cat and mouse game back and forth. I remember sitting in my boat in. This was early, like 2020 I think. 2020 actually. And I was like, oh my gosh, I can’t even believe how they’re going after the employers. It was very disheartening.

Senator Amanda Chase: People who did not want the vaccine were forced to get a vaccine. Yes. And that is a medical interior, correct. It is wrong to be perceived,

Dr. Erica Steele: of course. Cause then people are looking at their pensions. They’re looking at, okay, it’s my pension, or it’s between, Keeping my job and all of the different dynamics feeding my family and it was so under the gun.

It was very difficult. So again, thank you so much for stopping by. I really appreciate your help, your support. I’ll also put a link out as well if you wanna support Medical Freedom.And Senator Amanda Chase, we thank you so much. Thank you. It’s, I said thank you for.

Metabolism the Key to Health

Speaker 1 – Welcome back. Well, with warmer weather approaching, many people are getting back to healthier habits. But what does it take to lose weight and keep it off? Here with some answers is Dr. Erica Steele from holistic family practice in Virginia Beach. Dr. Steele? Dr. Erica, as I call you, how you doing

Speaker 2 – today? I’m doing so well April’s so good to see you. Good to

Speaker 1 – see you as well. Okay, so we’re coming around that time of year again, you know, winter is out, spring is in, and we want to improve, you know, our, the way we look and perhaps our weight loss. So, any suggestions for that?

Speaker 2 – Well, it really actually depends on your mindset, right? And that’s surprising, because most people think, Oh, I gotta break out the shoes. I’ve got to start working out, I’ve got to start eating right. But what does it take in order to do that? It takes a healthy mindset, right? So if I am thinking thoughts about okay, how can I be built my health? And how can I create health, then, of course, your actions and your behaviours are then going to follow? Okay,

Speaker 1 – so are you saying it’s like a self fulfilling prophecy?

Speaker 2 – Yes, exactly. Yeah. So if I’m sitting around that saying, Oh, I’m looking in the mirror and going, oh, I need to pinch this or oh, I’m a little bit overweight here. Or you’re constantly telling yourself all the identity, meaning the thoughts and the and the feelings around being overweight, then, of course, you’re going to continue to create those habits.

Speaker 1 – Okay, so where do we start? Do we, like start giving ourselves positive affirmations? Like, oh, girl, look at those curves? You look good? Or why do you do it? Yeah, in

Speaker 2 – 100%. So we’re gonna start with that mental diet. We talked about that last month, mental diet is what you’re telling yourself. So I’m fit, trim, and beautiful, I’m sexy, I’m amazing. I’m toned. What it is you want to create, you want to start telling yourself that even if the 3d even if our current reality isn’t showing that,

Speaker 1 – okay, so once you get the mindset together, then how do you follow it up with good habits.

Speaker 2 – So once your thought process keeps going, you’re going to start to feel better, and then you’re going to be more motivated into action, meaning you’re gonna want to necessarily order the salad over the burger, or you’re gonna want to get up and work out and take a walk somewhere, your actions are then going to follow based off of your thoughts as well as your feelings. Okay, so

Speaker 1 – I’m thinking about metabolism and women of a certain age, you know, our metabolism slows down. So is that something to consider?

Speaker 2 – That’s actually not accurate. Think that Oh, because I get older ageing is not a prerequisite for poor health, believe it or not, so we don’t get off the hook based off of that. Metabolism is all the chemical processes in the body, which starts with what you eat, but also how you digest and assimilate. So as people get older, their lifestyle habits get a little bit worse. And so that’s why people tend to associate ageing with a slower metabolism. But it’s really not true. I have 80 year old patients that are fit, trim and healthier than some of my 30 and 40 year old patients.

Speaker 1 – Oh, I didn’t know that. And I know that you do have a programme that deals with the metabolism coming out. Can you tell us a little bit more about that?

Speaker 2 – I’m so excited about this, I’ve spent the last two and a half years building out all of these data, you know, I’m such a data girl. We’ll talk about it more in my webinar coming up. It’s free mindset and metabolism. I’m really excited because I am able to take all of the data to be able to really fine tune a programme for people that are really looking to change their lifestyle from a mental, emotional, and of course, a physical perspective. Okay,

Speaker 1 – I do have a question for you to back up a little bit. Once you get the mindset together. Do you then have to like restart your metabolism? Are there ways to kind of get your if you have a slow metabolism? Are there ways to get it pumping?

Speaker 2 – You’re so cute. Yes, of course we are. The body is made to heal itself. And it always wants to heal itself. So we look at lab work, we’re able to support with different supplements, we’re able to get the body to be able to work efficiently and effortlessly. The body was made to heal, we just need to know how to do it.

Speaker 1 – Okay. And then the mindset to work out. helped me with that one.

Speaker 2 – It’s it’s really about what you enjoy, right? So I enjoy Pilates. I just started rowing, I actually really enjoy that as well. So I do things that I enjoy, but it also you know, it’s about what is what do they say like 90% In the kitchen, right? If you’re not a big fan of working out, you don’t need to go run off to the CrossFit gym. You know, you can do the simple things like walking or moving your body or yoga really, especially as you age it’s important to stretch because as you know things get stiffer things, you know, need to be able to be relaxed and looser. So yeah, definitely. All

Speaker 1 – right. Well, there’s the information to get in touch with Dr. Erica, thank you so much for answering our questions today.

Speaker 2 – Awesome. Thank you, Abraham. Great day you too.

Raising awareness of Celiac Disease

Speaker 1 – Welcome back to coast live about 3 million Americans live with the autoimmune disease known as celiac disease and millions have difficulty tolerating gluten. That means for them breads and other foods with certain proteins are off the table. I know all about that. Here with us today to talk about gluten free diets is Dr. Erica Steele from holistic family practice. Hey, Dr. Steele, good to see you

Speaker 2 – Good to see you as well. Good morning to you.

Speaker 1 – Good morning. So national celiac awareness day was yesterday. Explain what Celiac disease is to people.

Speaker 2 – So celiac is an intolerance or an allergy to wheat, wheat gluten. Soy wheat gluten is found in a lot of normal products such as bread, pasta, sometimes have it as well. And a lot of packaged foods has it as well, crackers and things like that.

Speaker 1 – So why can a gluten free diet be so important? And so life changing?

Speaker 2 – a gluten free diet really helps to lower inflammation in the body helps to lower histamine responses, which are all contributing factors to any kind of autoimmune condition.

Speaker 1 – Gotcha. So I know when I started to realise I had issues with gluten, my main issues were all in my gut. So what are some symptoms of gluten reactions and I know for celiac, it’s a lot worse,

Speaker 2 – of course, and celiac is an allergy, there’s sensitivities, there’s intolerances. So some things to look for. I see with little kids, they’ll have like rashes on arms, like almost like a chicken arm look to it. You can have redness, itchy as well gassing bloating, you can have kind of a gluten baby after you eat. That’s a classic one.

Speaker 1 – Oh, I call that the food baby. Yep, I you know, I’ve gotten that for such a long time people go oh, are you expecting? No, it’s just my food, baby. So I know all about that. And so you don’t have to be celiac to be gluten sensitive, right?

Speaker 2 – No, actually, I’ve seen a lot of people that if they can’t process B complex as well, and folic acid, they have that MTHFR genetic variant. Those oftentimes are gluten sensitive and gluten reactive.

Speaker 1 – So it’s so interesting when you talk about all this stuff, because how do you go about diagnosing it because I know this can be a complicated thing.

Speaker 2 – It can be Well, I definitely you know, you can do a salivary MTHFR DNA panel to kind of assess that. You can also look at your Secretory IgA that’s going to be in like a organic acids, which is a urine profile. There’s also many IgG tests that you can take to there’s like blood tests. But a lot of times I find that just eating it and feeling how your body responds is really, you know, very helpful. You can take your pulse before you put it in your mouth, you can also put it in your mouth and then take your pulse again, if your pulse goes up more than six that lets you know that your body’s having some reaction to whatever it is you’re eating.

Speaker 1 – Oh, I never knew that about the pulse thing and eating gluten free. I know some people think it’s so daunting, but over the years, it’s gotten a lot easier.

Speaker 2 – Oh my gosh, it’s so easy. There’s so many like bonza, chickpea pastas and things like that. And then you know, even with the breads, the breads have come a long way and making your own there’s like some cashew bread recipes that Dr. Perlmutter puts out. With, he wrote a book called The Grain Brain, which is all about gluten sensitivities and the reaction to the brain. And so there’s a lot of really good resources out there. And now more than ever, it’s really gotten a lot easier.

Speaker 1 – So if you text gluten For more information, what are you going to learn? And how else can people learn more? And how else can you help them? Yeah,

Speaker 2 – so we have an app that we use for education within our practice. Our practice is built on education, accountability and coaching. And so our app has education on it. So if you’re interested in going gluten free, please text our office and we’ll send you the link.

Speaker 1 – All right. Dr. Steele, thank you so much. We really appreciate it. Always good to see you. Awesome. Have an amazing day. You as well and all the information is there on the screen does visit holistic family practice VA to contact Dr. Steele or call the number right there. Thanks so much again.

National Nutrition Month

Speaker 1 – fads come and go. And our next guest says that for National Nutrition Month, it’s time to start thinking and eating holistically. Dr. Erica Steele is with holistic family practice. And she joins us now. Hey, Dr. Steele. Good to see you again.

Speaker 2 – Hello, Cheryl, how are you?

Speaker 1 – I am doing fabulous. So a lot of people are on special diets. Sometimes it’s for dietary restrictions, other times because it’s a fad diet, maybe they want to do it to be healthier. Maybe they want to do it to lose weight. But let’s talk about this. Why do you think they are so popular?

Speaker 2 – I think fats are really popular because people Americans in general are always looking for that quick fix, right? And so, you know, they’ll follow an Instagram influencer, or they’ll YouTube something. And then they’re like, Okay, this sounds good. This resonates with me. So I’m going to jump on it and do it. And maybe they do it, well, maybe they don’t do it. Well, maybe they need it. Maybe they don’t need it. Maybe it works. Maybe it doesn’t work, you can see the dilemma.

Speaker 1 -Alright, so what are some of the issues with fad diets that people can run into.

Speaker 2 – So a lot of people like they’ll they’ll just kind of pick one, there’s no science behind it. And as you know, and we’ve talked about before, like, I’m very science based, very individual, it’s all based off of lab work. And so people don’t have that data. So they’re just kind of randomly picking one that resonates with them intuitively, and then they may try it. And again, they may not be optimising it, they may not be doing it well, right. Or their body just may not not, you know, respond to it. And so they can actually create a lot of damage to the digestive system. And as you know, there’s so many fads that come and go, and sometimes they get rebranded and renamed and that sort of thing, because it’s all really based off of your macro ratios, right? And so macro meaning your macronutrients, your carbohydrates, your proteins and your fats. But if you’re not consistent with anything, the body doesn’t really get used to, it doesn’t adapt to it. So you actually can create a lot of damage to the digestive system that you want to be concerned about. And because the majority of the hormonal system, immune system, as well as neurological system is housed in your digestive tract, if you’re going on these fad diets over and over and over again and changing it up, you can really do a lot of damage to those systems as well.

Speaker 1 – Oh, yikes. And so it’s hard though, when you’re seeing influencers on Instagram eating this and doing try this, you’ll feel better, you’ll lose the bloat. So what can people do to avoid the diet fads and then having all these problems?

Speaker 2 – Again, it really boils down to data. So you know, looking at a person’s lab work, right and evaluating that. So if your lipid panel, let’s say your cholesterol, your triglycerides, your HDL LDL, are really high, right? That means that your liver is not processing fats. So you probably don’t want to go on a high fat diet, right. So high fat diets, unfortunately, don’t shoot the messenger. But keto is a high fat diet, Atkins is a high fat diet, even veganism and vegetarianism trend to go higher fat because the protein sources are also fat sources too. So I think it’s really about understanding nutrition and how how the nuts and bolts of nutrition work the carbohydrates, proteins, and fats, and understanding those ratios. And I’m a big tracker, I’m all about tracking my food, mostly just because of data, we don’t have data, we don’t really know it doesn’t really exist, right not to give licence to go eat anything unhealthy. But, you know, the fact of the matter is, is we really need to look at the data and modulate and see what it works. There’s a place for intuition. As a holistic doctor, I’m all about the feeling and all about how it feels in my body. But if we don’t have the data to back it up, we don’t have balance. And so using the data along with intuition, and once your body kind of clicks in, and you know what it feels like, for me, I do really well on a high protein, mid range carb, low fat diet, and I can feel if my body if I’ve eaten maybe a little bit of fat, that’s a little bit more and so then I’ll overcompensate. And I’ll have some carbohydrate, but that’s after years of training myself and training my body. And also looking at my data.

Speaker 1 – I understand this because when I eat certain things, my stomach just rejects it. And so I know, okay, don’t eat like that. But that’s what you were for. I mean, you look at the lab work and the data and you also educate people and you have some nutrition programmes. Tell us about that real

Speaker 2 – quick. Yeah, we’re super excited. We have a holistic nutrition programme that’s actually coming out. And it’s a four week programme. So you don’t even necessarily need to, you know, use a provider like myself. This is a baseline programme that really teaches about all of the macros metabolic rate it teaches about, we talks about heart healthy, right? We talk about what’s healthy, what’s not healthy. We go through all the fads, we look at the ratios, and really empower people to really understand how this these things work, especially just in the world that we’re living in with all of the influencers in YouTube and Facebook groups and all this sort of stuff. I really find a calling to really educate people on The actual science behind nutrition and how it works

Speaker 1 – good to have you break it all down Dr Steele thank you so much as always

Speaker 2 – awesome thanks for having me Cheryl

Why brain health is important

Speaker 1: What a pretty view outside. In order to be healthy, we need to exercise our body and our mind. But how exactly do you improve brain health? Dr. Erica Steele from Holistic Family Practice in Virginia Beach is here to explain. Hey, Dr. Still good to see you again. Likewise. Definitely. All right, so brain health, we don’t focus on that a lot.

Speaker 2: No, we don’t. Fascinating because our brain controls everything. It really does.

Speaker 1: The brain gut connection. Exactly. And the rest of the body. Exactly.

Speaker 2: Our emotions, our reactivity, everything. Yeah, I definitely think that we overlook it and I think it’s one of the most important things to utilize. It’s interesting because we often operate out of this very reactive, primitive mind. Oh yeah. And a lot of times people don’t realize as a naturopath, we work a lot with anthropology and how, the body and the. The human beings have developed, et cetera. So we have this primitive mind. We wake up in the morning, am I gonna be eaten or am I going to eat? Kind of thing. And then we react based off of that. Our brains grew. Now we have our subconscious mind. We have experiences, perceptions of those experiences, beliefs, core beliefs. And now what the trick is really getting that prefrontal cortex working. So we have logic, voice, reason, decision making, executive function.

Speaker 1: So how do you know if your brain is quote unquote,

Speaker 2: I would say how your emotions are and how you deal with difficult situations.

Speaker 1: Okay. Obviously right now it’s timely with coronavirus. Exactly. There’s a lot of fear. There’s a lot of panic going on, of course. And not just about getting sick, but also people are worried about their finances as well.

Speaker 2: Yeah, exactly. Because we can’t control it, right? So there’s something outside of ourselves that we can’t control, and then it triggers that primitive mind. We go into fight or flight. So we totally miss that prefrontal cortex and a lot of times people’s prefrontal cortex isn’t even working, functioning as efficiently.

Speaker 1: Okay. So explain that a little more maybe in layman’s terms. So what does that mean to the,

Speaker 2: so our logic, our voice, our decision making? So something happens outside of my control. What’s the first thing I do? Do I react? Do I go, oh my gosh, I gotta go. And usually it’s the people do. Yeah. I gotta go stuck up on hands. Oh my. I get hoard products. Yeah, exactly. And everybody’s gonna die, and I’m gonna lose all my money. And it’s, gosh. And then we send ourselves into the spiral. So then you have your adrenal glands, their pumping cortisol. You have epinephrine. No epinephrine. It’s very hard on the body. Not to mention it inhibits the immune system. Oh my gosh. So it’s like you’re spinning in circles and

Speaker 1: neurotransmitters. Your brain are going crazy and

Speaker 2: you can’t do anything. You can’t function. Let’s say, you get into a fight with your significant other, right? And it’s oh my gosh, now I’m gonna obsess over and I’m gonna ruminate over and I’m gonna get upset about it. I’m gonna think about it. I can’t let it go. And then, your work suffers. You know your kids, they’re on their own.

Speaker 1: So that’s affecting your health ultimately. Exactly. And what can you do to combat that? Exactly. Are there specific supplements we should be taking or other types of exercises?

Speaker 2: Yeah, I would say, the first thing, the most effective. Pub reviewed research is mindfulness and meditation. Prefrontal cortex, when you can get into meditation every single day for at least 15 minutes, that’s really important. Of course there’s meditation, right? But then there’s also other things. There’s yoga, there’s various different things that you can do to be able to help you stay well and get. both on a cognitive level as well as an emotional level.

Speaker 1: That’s so true because yoga puts everything at ease. Yeah. And when you meditate, you’re supposed to tune everything else out, and I would assume it would relax your body and help your adrenals.

Speaker 2: Yeah. Those alpha ways raise, but also to your present in the moment, right? it’s true what they say. If you’re living, if you’re depressed, you’re living in the past. If you’re anxious, you’re living in the future. But all we really can do is work on. And so that’s what we wanna stay in. So yoga, meditation, but then also too, getting your body back into balance. So essential fatty acids are really good with that. A nice balance of epa, D H E A, those sorts of thing. Dha, excuse me, acry oil. Those things are really good, healthy fats in your diet are really healthy. And of course, avoiding sugar. Reducing your bread, your pasta, your rice, your dairy, all, all the things that are yummy that everybody eats.

Speaker 1: But when you say healthy fats, I think avocado of course. Love of avocado. So it’s, it eats,

Speaker 2: yes, exactly. But then not too much. Cuz it’s all about balance. Moderation’s. Yeah. So if you more than 20% fat, then you’re gonna gain weight. Yeah.

Speaker 1: Oh my gosh. Know there’s all these little things. It’s so much good information. You have classes? We do. So let’s talk about that. And we’re trying to learn more.

Speaker 2: So we have, I have two sets of classes. So my first set is in our practice, those are more educational classes. We talk about brain health. I go into like neurotransmitter testing. Yay. And what we do with that organic acid testing, what we do with that. And then more practical things for people. To do, right? Because that’s like really important for people to get education information. We also have meditation classes. I teach yoga as well to really help people, work that prefrontal cortex.

Speaker 1: All right, and there’s your website as well at the bottom of the screen there and all your information. Dr. Steele, thank you so much. Here’s all about just.

Speaker 2: Taking deep breaths and relaxing and just staying in the moment. Yes, and using hand sanitizer.

Speaker 1: Okay. Thank you. Really appreciate it.

“Emotional Intelligence” With Dr. Erica Steele

Speaker 1 – It’s time now for another wellness minute with Dr. Erica Steele from holistic family practice in Virginia Beach. Emotional intelligence is the act of being self aware.

Speaker 2 – That means you are actively present to how you feel, and then learning coping strategies to be able to handle your emotions. It’s really important that we as parents teach our children emotional intelligence. For example, when you see your child getting frustrated, it’s really important for you to tell them, Oh, I see that you’re frustrated, and then giving them coping strategies to be able to handle that frustration. If you see them getting angry, go, Oh, I really see that you’re angry. Remember what we do with our anger, go ahead and take some

So it’s really important that we show our children what they need to do with their emotions because they feel so much and they don’t necessarily know what to do with those emotions. teaching your children emotional intelligence is incredibly important, especially because studies have shown that children with higher emotional intelligence are able to concentrate, they’re able to focus more as well as more importantly, build healthy relationships for years to come. If you don’t personally know how to have healthy emotional intelligence, it’s really important that you learn that so that you can teach your children